Update: a new version of DII was posted on Tuesday with Drury included. See the updated version here. Original article is below.
Pre-selection psych sheets for the 2018 NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships have been released, and there is an ominous absence. 22-time NCAA Division II champions Drury are not included on this initial version of the psych sheet. We have reached out to Drury and the NCAA to ascertain the reason for their absence, but have not heard back.
Among the teams that are included, however, is Queens, who have swept the NCAA D2 titles for 3 straight seasons.
This year’s Division II Championship meet will be hosted at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in North Carolina.
D2 has slightly different entry rules than the other two divisions. For starters, with the same 7 event limit, student-athletes are allowed to entered up to 4 individual events, rather than just 3. Division II also includes the 1000 free at its championship meet, which neither of the other two divisions do.
- Men – 175 participants (157 swimmers/18 divers)
- Women – 205 participants (183 swimmers/22 divers)
A summary of the selection procedures for swimmers is that swimmers receiving “A” cuts get first priority of entry. Then, like Division I, swimmers will be added 1 at a time until the caps of 157 and 183, respectively, are hit. Whatever “row” (aka, all 17th ranked swimmers) where that cap was hit, the previous row will all be invited, and on the bisected row, swimmers will be chosen based on how close a time is to the corresponding “A” time standard. For full procedures, see section 2.4 of the Participation Manual.